Linden Industrial Association
The next meeting of the Association will be at the Meeting Room at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Our Guest Speakers will be Cathy Davis, CPA, and Len Sprishen, Esq., of MSPC Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, who will speak regarding Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and its impact on the businesses and residents of Linden, NJ.
Please note your diary and confirm your attendance by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for breakfast. You should plan to have a substitute attend on behalf of your company if you are not able to attend.
The deadline of March 18th for nominations for the 2019 LIA Business & Community Award is quickly approaching. Please see the attached flyer for further information.
As mentioned at the February meeting, here is the link to a video of the 6th Annual Taste of Linden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ncoxd3bVs
The event was held in November and recently posted on the City’s website.
Below are the Minutes of the meeting on February 19th and attached are the speaker’s handouts and Linden Public Schools Superintendent’s Report.
Calendar of Events
March 19, 2019 (Sponsored by Cogen Technologies Linden Venture LP)
April 18, 2019 Annual Dinner
May 21, 2019 (Sponsored by Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery)
June 18, 2019 (Sponsored by General Magnaplate Corp.)
September 17, 2019 (Sponsored by Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper PC)
October 15, 2019 (Sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.)
November 19, 2019 (Sponsored by Batteries & Bulbs)
A regular meeting of the Linden Industrial Association was held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, NJ, pursuant to written notice thereof duly sent to all members in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association. The following were present:
Paul Abramson SolarKAL
Joe Barbanel JREZ
Lois Bass Infineum
Chris Beriont Pennoni
Kathleen Burke A&M Industrial
Ralph Coppola Pennoni
Wayne Cromwell General Magnaplate
Gregory Grasso Linden Public Schools
Mike Hamilton, Guest Speaker A&M Industrial
Bernie Kordelski Total Specialties
Gene Lauricella Linden Bulk Transportation
June Lazaro Primerica
Juan Carlos Lopez NEMA Design
Alex Lospinoso LEDC
Richard Lull Mott MacDonald
Janet Miller Cox Printers
Robert Morrison ServPRO
Natalie Sesto Cogen
Sergio D. Simões, Esq. Lindabury McCormick Estabrook & Cooper
Bob Sobol Brinkerhoff Environmental Services
Rebecca Kerins Tattoli Office of the Mayor
Angie Tsirkas Northfield Bank
David Young A&M Industrial
Our special thanks to Kathleen Burke, David Young and A&M Industrial for their continued support of the Linden Industrial Association in sponsoring today’s breakfast meeting. A motion was duly made and seconded to approve the minutes of the membership meeting on January 15, 2019. The motion was unanimously passed.
President’s Report. President June Lazaro reminded the membership that the polls were open for the Linden Industrial Association 2019 Business and Community Award. Every member should consider an employee who has made a civic contribution to the City of Linden or improved their business operations and submit a nomination to the Board of Trustees.
June Lazaro asked if there had been any impact on the membership from the longest government shutdown in American history. Luckily, no member expressed an impact from the government shutdown. Ms. Lazaro was pleased to report that all indices in the markets were pointing upward after a historic drop in the month of December 2018. President Lazaro informed the membership that they can expect a new State minimum wage which is expected to be signed by the Governor shortly. It will reflect a significant increase occurring incrementally through 2024.
Finally, President Lazaro reminded the membership that the Annual Dinner will be in April and that the Linden Chief of Police will be the featured speaker along with Mayor Derek Armstead. We are requesting that all members attend and bring guests. Sponsorship opportunities will be available.
Program. President June Lazaro was pleased to introduce Michael Hamilton, Ergonomics Safety Specialist, A&M Industrial. Mr. Hamilton started with A&M Industrial in May 2018. Mr. Hamilton opined an investment in movement and stretching for office employees will ultimately save time and muscle strain, resulting in greater productivity. Employers should promote movement through the course of the day and correct workplace ergonomics, including seating at 90° angles, printers being placed further away, utilization of speaker phones and headsets, more personal interaction and movement every 20-30 minutes away from a seated posture. He was a strong proponent of new technologies to monitor movements and employee activities such as Fitbit. Mr. Hamilton distributed two handouts; one on stretch breaks for computer users and the other on workplace ergonomics showing new optimal work zone equipment.
Environmental, Health & Safety. Co-Chairman Joe Barbanel reported that it was a quiet time in the field of health and safety with nothing new or extraordinary occurring. He did report on a CBS news piece about Union Carbide Corporation, which at one point was a significant industrial force in the U.S. and now just a small subsidiary of Dow Dupont. The purpose of the report was to show that one singular event by one person deciding to turn a valve had a tremendous economic and social impact, causing health and safety issues that were preventable.
Co-Chairman Richard Lulla reported that on March 2nd OSHA 300 and 301 Reports are due. The reports, however, are not due for defined minor facilities. Further, reports for incidents that only have minor first aid requirements do not need to be reported, but all serious incidents and deaths must be immediately reported. OSHA no longer requires personal information to be submitted electronically. Federal Tier II Community Rights Reports are due on March 1st. Under the Federal Spill Act Program, EPA in June indicated they are no longer implementing the Spill Program. It is being challenged by environmental groups. Under New Jersey EPA, they approved the Storm Water Runoff Plan, and they will be able to assess fees based on developments to reduce runoff and avoid river contamination. There will be new regulations issued for local communities regarding pollution. Finally, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has adjusted penalties for hazardous waste transportation.
Government & Community Relations. In the absence of Mayor Derek Armstead, LEDC representative Alex Lospinoso provided the report. The 4.8 million square feet of warehousing for Tremley Point continues on pace. On January 18th there was a grand opening for a new art house on Wood Avenue, replacing a former tuxedo rental store. The City of Linden is trying to create a new energy for arts and theater in the City.
Mr. Lospinoso reported on the demolition of the Cantor property but has stated that the owner of the property has been difficult to work with and negotiating with some developers to sell off some of the property, although that is still in flux. The City had a meeting with New Jersey Transit two weeks ago and the meeting went extremely well. They are interested in building a parking lot and forming a joint venture with the City because the City owns the property adjacent to the Train Station. The JPG Scaffolding property should be demolished shortly with permits to be issued. At the former Pathmark property, the developer has permits to demolish some interior and exterior walls. In its place a Super Fresh Grocery Store will open with about 80 employees. It will be a full-service supermarket with probably a Dunkin Donuts inside the store or a construction pad somewhere else on the property. Mr. Lospinoso reported on other pending projects in the City including an RFP issued for solar panels for the City landfill, continuing line of franchisees interested in opening at Legacy Square, and the demolition at United Lacquer property which is planned for roughly 400 units of new housing. The Linden Progress, which reports on all City activities and is published twice a year, will be published on a quarterly basis as requested by the Mayor. Finally, the Environmental Commission has laid fallow for a while, and the City hopes to bring it back up to speed.
Linden Public Schools. Representative Gregory Grasso reported that the Linden Fire Department has been active with displays and showcasing artwork in and around the School District. Black History Month programs were well received with assemblies to guest speakers. Mr. Grasso stated the School District would like to showcase some businesses in their upcoming Spring Job Fair. He was hoping the businesses would come in and discuss marketing principals, accounting, management and other business concepts. Finally, Mr. Grasso requested LIA members to provide contributions to the Mayor’s Youth Commission.
Membership. Co-Chairmen Bernie Kordelski and Kathleen Burke reported that S. Bertram Inc. in Linden was interested in a membership. An application will be sent. They also welcomed Paychex and Brinkerhoff Environmental to the meeting.
There being no further matters, the meeting was adjourned at 9:20 a.m. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Hampton Inn.
Sergio D. Simões, Esq., Secretary Pro Tem